Sunday, October 27, 2002

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Problem Solving and Problem Worrying continues...

Among them is Christopher J Jones, with his book Design Methods published in 1970. This book replies to Anderson extensively, that a problem solving approach is the way forward. William J Mitchell follows Jones's path and thus produce The Logic of Design, 1990. This book actually summarised design as a computable activity, a process with finite number of procedures (using shape grammar rules) to finally produce architecture design. Up until now there are no widely use and known design software that applies Mitchell theory of architecture design by computer. what have been acknowledge by designers in common are expert system types of design software like 3D studio. yet theoretical development continues.

John Gero, having quite many research interests and publications, had dwelled on topic such as optimization (one of important problem solving technique) in architecture design, and recently (2002 research publications) directing his research to situated design which employs multi-agent system. The concept of situated design is compatible to, (if not part of, need to confirm on this) Peter Senge's philosophy of learning organisation. this brings us back to Anderson problem worrying, that architecture design is more about learning, understanding more what the problem is. the lesson learned from these research shows strong parallelism if not mirroring, the development of computing science. somehow, architectural scientist opt to map architecture ideology to the advancement of tool, ie. computers. Within his text, Anderson did not show any particular attention to the development of machine, while around that time (1960's) the idea of intelligent machine, has been quite strong although not influential.